Published On: Wed, Sep 12th, 2018

What’s for dinner in Isla Mujeres? Lions Fish!

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For the sixth consecutive year and with the participation of more than 10 contestants, a Gastronomic Contest based on Lion Fish (Pez León), organized by the City Council of Isla Mujeres, headed by the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, through the Directorate of Environment and Ecology.

The presence of this exotic species in the waters of the Caribbean Sea has generated a problem for other living organisms in the marine areas of the region, so the municipal government wants to promote its consumption.

Carlos Barranco García, general director of the aforementioned agency, explained that lionfish can cause damage to other fish and coral reefs due to its high rate of reproduction and growth, its feeding capacity and the lack of predators.


“Consuming this species is favorable for our ecosystem since, due to its arrival on our coasts, marine life has suffered an imbalance; that is why, in Isla Mujeres, thanks to the impulse of our municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, we have undertaken actions to get rid of this harmful species, protecting the ecosystems and making it part of the local gastronomy “.

Also, Juan Carrillo Soberanis said that in Isla Mujeres there are around 5 or 6 restaurants that have this species in their menu. The Isla Mujeres authorities recognized and appreciated the wide participation in this event.

“What we want to achieve with this contest is to have more local businesses offering lionfish based dishes in their menus, and make lionfish part of our local cuisine,” Carrillo Soberanis said.

Although its consumption is little known, the lionfish is well positioned among gourmet cuisine lovers, its meat has a high nutrimental value; and thanks to the strong impulse of the municipal government, it has become an attraction for tourism in Isla Mujeres.




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